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Minnesota House supports background checks for school coaches

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Minnesota House supports background checks for school coaches
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ST. PAUL (AP) - The Minnesota House wants criminal background checks run on coaches in public schools.

The House overwhelmingly approved a bill requiring school districts to look into the criminal history of coaches and leaders of other extracurricular activities. It passed 118-11.

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Representative Karla Bigham (BIG'-uhm) says news reports about coaches having inappropriate sexual contact with students prompted her proposal. She says preventing just one such incident would make the bill a success.

But Representative Mark Buesgens (BISK'-ens) says it's another burden for strapped school districts and could make it harder to recruit coaches.

Bigham's bill differs from a Senate version, so negotiators will be named to work out a compromise.

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